Disaster planning and response

A sign reading "Looters will be shot!!" sits in front of a flooded home on Turtle Bay, Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Fort Smith, Ark. Forecasters say heavy rainfall is intensifying flooding in already saturated areas along the Oklahoma-Arkansas border. (Ben Goff/The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)
May 30, 2019 - 4:49 pm
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Temporary shelters were housing hundreds of people on Thursday following evacuations along the swollen Arkansas River, where officials kept a close eye on an aging levee system facing enormous pressure from enduring floodwaters. The river held steady at record levels,...
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May 30, 2019 - 4:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A $19 billion disaster aid bill that's still crawling through Congress highlights the inconsistency of lawmakers, mostly conservatives, who stood resolute against such aid six years ago but demand it now that their states are under water. Then, relative GOP newcomers like Sens...
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People watcg as a sonar is used at Margaret Bridge during a search operation on the River Danube in Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, May 30, 2019, following a collision of a hotel ship and a smaller cruise ship on the previous evening. The cruise ship sank with thirty-three South Korean passengers and two Hungarian staff on board. The shipwreck has been found at Margaret Bridge. (Balazs Mohai/MTI via AP)
May 30, 2019 - 11:29 am
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Rescue crews in Hungary's capital were preparing to raise a sightseeing boat from the bottom of the Danube River Thursday as search teams scoured the waters for 21 people missing after the vessel, packed with South Korean tourists, collided with a larger cruise ship and...
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Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., speaks to reporters at the Capitol after he blocked a unanimous consent vote on a long-awaited $19 billion disaster aid bill in the chamber on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
May 28, 2019 - 3:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A second conservative Republican on Tuesday blocked another attempt to pass a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill, delaying again a top priority for some of President Donald Trump's most loyal allies on Capitol Hill. Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky said that if Democratic...
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The U.S. Capitol dome is seen between a water fountain on Capitol Hill, Saturday, May 25, 2019 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
May 28, 2019 - 1:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and a $19 billion disaster aid bill (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Another conservative Republican has once again blocked efforts by House leaders to speed a $19 billion disaster aid bill to President Donald Trump's desk. Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie objected...
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Part of a roof is exposed at the American Budget Value Inn after a tornado moved through the area in El Reno, Okla., Sunday, May 26, 2019. The deadly tornado leveled a motel and tore through the mobile home park near Oklahoma City overnight. (Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman via AP)
May 26, 2019 - 5:15 pm
EL RENO, Okla. (AP) — A tornado leveled a motel and tore through a mobile home park near Oklahoma City overnight, killing two people and injuring at least 29 others before a second twister raked a suburb of Tulsa more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) away, authorities said Sunday. The first tornado...
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Water is released from the Keystone Dam into the Arkansas River northwest of Tulsa, Okla., Friday, May 24, 2019. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began increasing the amount of water being released from the dam on Friday to control the flooding. (Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP)
May 25, 2019 - 4:45 pm
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Officials on Saturday warned some Tulsa residents to prepare to head to higher ground because old levees holding back the swollen Arkansas River are stressed and more rain is expected for the flood-weary region. The river was four feet above flood stage on Friday and was already...
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In this aerial image, homes are inundated with flood waters from the Arkansas River near South 145th West Ave near Highway 51 on Thursday, May 23, 2019, in Sand Springs, Okla. Storms and torrential rains have ravaged the Midwest, from Texas through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Illinois, in the past few days. (Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP)
May 24, 2019 - 10:27 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The bodies of a man and a woman were discovered Friday in a submerged vehicle near the Mississippi River in Missouri, bringing the death toll to nine from storms that have ravaged the central U.S. this week and threaten major flooding through the holiday weekend. John Reinhardt...
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This aerial image shows the Arkansas River with the Tulsa, Okla., skyline after flooding on Thursday, May 23, 2019. Storms and torrential rains have ravaged the Midwest, from Texas through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Illinois, in the past few days. (Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP)
May 24, 2019 - 10:21 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on tornadoes and flooding in the Midwest (all times local): 10 p.m. A tornado has touched down just south of Iowa City, Iowa, causing some damage but no injuries. The Iowa City Press-Citizen says the tornado affected two lightly-populated unincorporated towns of...
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., talks to reporters just after the Senate passed a $19 billion disaster aid bill to help a number of states and Puerto Rico recover after a series of hurricanes, floods and wildfires, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, May 23, 2019. Republican leaders agreed to Democrats' demand to toss out President Donald Trump's $4.5 billion request to address a record influx of Central American migrants who are fleeing violence in Guatemala, Honduras and elsewhere and coming to the United States. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
May 24, 2019 - 10:54 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House GOP conservative complaining of Washington's free-spending and opaque ways blocked a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill on Friday, extending a tempest over hurricane and flood relief that has left the measure meandering for months. Texas Republican Chip Roy, a...
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